Posts Tagged stephanie maede

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Super Healthy Pumpkin Chia Pudding

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Super Healthy Pumpkin Chia Pudding
This recipe works as not just a dessert but also as a really tasty breakfast or snack since it’s not a traditional pudding. Pumpkin is sky high with Vitamin A. Chia seeds have protein, are packed with Omega-3s and are an antioxidant. And there is no dairy used in the recipe but almond milk instead, making it both dairy-free and gluten-free. If you substitute out the honey, it is also vegan. And guess what? Even with all that healthy stuff packed in, it still tastes really damn good.  

Ingredients

 

1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)

1 can pumpkin

1 t vanilla

1 t ginger

1 t cinnamon

2 T sunflower seed butter (or another nut butter—hazelnut butter also tastes great)

3 T of chia seeds (you can add more if desired)

2 T honey

1-2 T sugar

 

Instructions

 

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

A favorite of my kids, these cookies have the texture of a brownie squeezed into a cookie with traces of coconut. We brought them to two different spring celebrations one weekend and they were a success everywhere. The ultimate test of gluten-free cooking in my mind is when no one can tell something is gluten free. That was certainly the case for these cookies  Read more »

Why OPOL Doesn’t Always Work

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My Language Journey

This past week I was interviewed by Plushkies, a company that makes lovies in the shape of countries, on their blog about raising global kids. They asked me why I think raising global kids is important. I told them it isn't important. It's a necessity. You can read all about it here:   Raising Global Children Day 1: Traveling to Morocco with the Five Senses   And this week another cool thing happened.  Read more »

My Attempt at a Bento Lunch

I am not a very creative lunchbox maker. Although I wish I could cultivate a sense of simple pleasure in making my kids' lunches everyday, I tend to approach making lunches as an obstacle in the way of my sitting on the couch at night and relaxing. (I always make them at night as I am sure I would run out of time in the morning.)   With extra time on a Sunday night (and admittedly feeling a little half-assed about my girls' lunches after combing lunchbox ideas on pinterest--pinterest is great at making your own attempts at all things crafty or culinary look substandard), I decided to try to do something fun and bento-esque (but I pause to even associate my B-grade lunch in the same class as Bento, cause it's not even close).  Read more »

My Daughter Asked the Tooth Fairy for a Gun

My daughter's letter to the tooth fairy last night included asking for a "gun" for her sister. Notice she has also asked for $100. She's six, where do they get these ideas? For the record, she got $2 and no gun. And what she was really asking for, was some gum!.  Read more »

Korean Barbecue with a Twist

Here’s a recipe for a simple family dinner, that is always a top favorite with my kids. Even though we’re a part Moroccan household, with one gluten-free daughter, we eat a lot of Asian food, not only cause we love it but also because so much of it is naturally gluten free.  I have never been to Korea so can’t make any claims to the authenticity of this dish, but I can guarantee its tastiness and kid friendliness  Read more »

Gorgeous Globe for a Kid’s Room

Here's another awesome globe by Geografia that will make the perfect decor for a common space or a kid's room. Check out the intricate design close-up of animals: And on another of their designs, the beautiful details in the close-up of trees: Gorgeous, right? Looking for more globes and maps? Check out our other cool finds: Do it Yourself Globe 10 Best Maps for Your Children's Room .  Read more »

French Garlands of Light

This French store is a decorator's dream. You can make your own strands of lights or purchase larger globes of light to spruce up any room. And they make it really easy for you. Thanks to Oh Happy Day's blog post on decorating her kid's room in these lights, I fell in love with the pictures and clicked over to the French store.   There are so many gorgeous options!     They are also totally affordable at 22 EUR.  Read more »

Dragon Craft from Paper Plates

Materials 4 white paper plates Paint—you definitely need some red Streams or tissue paper Pom poms for eyes Pipe cleaners Construction paper Stapler, glue   Instructions Let your kids paint each of the 4 papers plates in different colors. Make sure you have some red and gold (yellow) in there. Red symbolizes good luck and gold wealth.  Read more »
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